France: Aix-en-Provence Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

Program Overview

IAU College, The Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence (pop. Approx. 130,000) has an informal Mediterranean quality; its residents are insistently out and about year round. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, is a very beautiful old town, rich in history and local tradition. It is considered on of the finest examples of the famed Provencal style of architecture, and a walk through the streets is a lesson in artistic control, in form, composition, rhythm, and beauty. Within a few miles of the center of Aix, original motifs of many great artists remain intact. Aix-en-Provence allows easy access to Paris, Geneva, London and other major European cities. With Italy and Spain only hours away by train, Aix-en-Provence is ideally located for students planning to travel during vacation periods. Overlooked by hills and Mont Sainte Victoire, Aix lies in a natural basin and is famous for its fountains, winding streets and sunny squares, monuments and churches, universities and thermal waters. The many concerts, the summer Festival d'Art Lyrique, libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafès have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.


Academic Profile

The Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence

The IAU College, The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. With a population of 130,000, Aix is one of the major university, legal, and cultural centers of France. Its lovely winding streets and sunny squares, lined with churches, cafes, and theatres, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities. The IAU College, chartered by the Board of Regents of The State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Universitè d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs of its type in Europe.

Course Offerings

Designed for all majors, IAU College is renowned for its founding philosophy of making it possible for students with beginning French language skills to study in France.  The structure of its program, which combines French language study with a range of liberal arts courses taught in both English and French, has opened the doors of cross-cultural learning to thousands of students who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to study abroad.  IAU College requires all students without prior background in French to take at least two introductory French language courses per semester in addition to their courses conducted in English.  Intermediate-level French students complete at least one language course with liberal arts courses taught in English or French, while students with advanced French competency may elect to take all of their courses in French.

The neighboring French university, the Universite d'Aix-Marseille I, provides additional enrichment opportunities.  Local university students participate with IAU College students in a language partners program of mutual English and French improvement, and with the approval of IAU College's academic dean, qualified IAU College students may enroll in courses at the university.  From their first encounter, Anglophone and Francophone students help one another by sharing their expertise in their native tongues.  Students from the IAU Collegemay also take advantage of volunteer opportunities in local elementary schools.

At the Aix Center, the principal areas of study are French language and culture (introductory through advanced levels of language, civilization, and literature); art and archaeology, including art history and studio art; and European/international studies and social sciences (busineses, comparative literature, economics, education, government, history, philosophy, political science, and psychology).  A current and complete list of course offerings is available online at


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

There are an enviable amount of travel activities for students studying in Aix-en-Provence.

Marseilles, the Mediterranean and the Maritime Alps are only an hour away, and Nice, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Saint Tropez, Paris, Milan, Rome and Geneva are all within one day of travel, perfect for a weekend trip. Many courses include trips in their curriculum; many others are organized by IAU College staff. Students are also encouraged to strike out on their own and explore their new surroundings.

Provence is known for its sunny, temperate and generally dry climate, so sunshine and outdoor activities abound. Beaches, hiking, skiing in the nearby alps, traveling to European destinations, as well as cinema and theatre, museums, lectures and concerts are just some of the possible activities for students.

Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to participate in language partner and volunteer programs, as well as additional excursions, field trips and cultural activities.


Home stays: Students are generally housed in the homes of French host families, though independent living arrangements can be made when necessary. Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place.

Host families come from a cross-section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years.
The homestay option offers students room and half board. Daily continental breakfasts and five dinners a week are taken in the student's French home. Students are responsible for lunches. There is a multitude of affordable cafés, brasseries, small sandwich and grocery shops from which to choose. Many other food markets are available around town during the week.

Bed, linen, pillow and blankets, are provided, and the room is cleaned weekly. Students must bring their own towels, and they are provided with one machine load of wash each week.

Housing costs for the homestay are $4580 for the fall and spring sessions and $1645 for the summer.

Those IAU College students who wish to live in independent lodgings for dietary or other reasons shold be aware that these are in limited supply and often can only be arranged upon the student's arrival in Aix.  Students are ultimately responsible for locating their own lodgings, arranging the terms of the rental, and handling all related issues.  In addition, IAU College offers its own regional excursions, and students are strongly encouraged to participate.  These excursions provide excellent opportunities to see and learn more about other places in the south of France.  There are an enviable amount of travel activities for students studying in Aix-en-Provence.

Alumni Feedback

"This is a first-time eye-opening experience! I have made wonderful friends. I find the program exciting, the staff helpful, and I have learned a lot, especially about myself!"
- Alan Houot, Washington State University

"Last year I studied in a program in a French university. In Aix, there is a difference in organization, courses and activities. At the CCIS program at IAU, I feel very secure in knowing that if I ever have a problem, there will be several people willing and able to help. I feel that the courses themselves are challenging. Overall, a wonderful experience in a wonderful place. IAU staff are very helpful and patient. "
- Brian Crookes, University of Rhode Island

"I came to Aix. I spoke French. My ideas became realities and experience became my teacher. I am ready to never stop traveling!"
- Alexander Friend, Colorado State University


Program Details
Aix-en-Provence Semester Program Details


Fall 2016 program dates: September 10 - December 21, 2016 (Early Arrival Option: September 3 additional $985.00)

Spring 2017: Arrival January 21, Departure, May 14 (Early Arrival Option: January 14, 2017 

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: May 1
Spring:  October 1

Eligibility Requirements

A 2.5 GPA is required, along with transcripts and two letters of recommendation, for admission into the program which is open to students of freshman through senior standing.


$10,769 (CCIS member) $12,219 (non-member)

“All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.”

Truman requires a $350 deposit, deducted from total amount due upon acceptance to the program, but does not have an application fee.

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, ccis and sponsor fees, health insurance

Costs Not Included

Fixed Costs:  Books ($255), activity fee ($695), room and half board ($5,130), a refundable damage deposit of $100. Please note that these are fixed costs and a $1,000 deposit is required at the time of your acceptance, payable directly to the IAU College; this amount will be deducted from your housing fee. 

Estimated Costs:  Airfare ($1,200), Personal and food costs ($2,500)  Additional $260 fee for Aix students who are taking courses at Marchutz. 

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required to study abroad as in any country. France requires a visa for students studying during the spring or fall semesters. PLEASE NOTE: Due to new regulations by the French Consulate, all students are required to be physically present at the consulate that holds jurisdiction in their state. Students can no longer send for a visa via mail. Please allow ample time (no less than a month) to apply for your visa starting with the Campus France Application.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in France Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Rosa Virginia Mendez, Study Abroad Advisor

Truman State University
Center for International Education Abroad
Grim Hall 202
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)


To apply through Truman State University:


Please send the following materials to or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport

5. Housing and Course selection forms (links will be sent electronically to student once the CCIS application is received) 


To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL) 


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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.